Front | Out of the Gate
4 Start House: Soelden excitement.
6 Letters: Reader feedback on our new
look, poles and the meaning of ski racing.
8 Out of the Gate: Why 2015 is important;
a look at the Olympic Torch Relay route and
new Spyder suit; some NCAA and volunteer
news; and a new honor for an old friend.
12 Waxroom: One of the funniest videos to
come across our desks ever; a conference-call no-no, bull riding, burgers and more.
14 Gallery: Images abound from Soelden,
Austria; Portillo, Chile; and Lake Placid, N. Y.
Departments + Columns
Back | Competitive Edge
52 Off Piste: Christin Cooper’s new gig.
54 Tech Talk: What we all can learn about
slalom lines from adaptive approaches.
56 Backshop: Are your boots fast enough?
58 Masters: A “friend” trains in Chile.
60 Ski Club Spotlight: Carrabassett Valley
Academy and Sugarloaf, together forever.
61 Marketplace: Check out SR partners.
62 Finish Line: Do not read in the bathtub.
18 Golden Soelden
There’s nothing like the World Cup season opener in Soelden, Austria. Ski
Racing editors were there to bring you an inside look at the revelries, the
rivalries, the victories and the injuries. BY HANK MCKEE AND SHAUNA FARNELL
22 Power Hour: Nordic Team Preview
With the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games around the corner, we present
the accomplishments and aspirations of cross country and nordic combined
racers. Plus, news on Project X and women’s jumping. BY HANK MCKEE
30 X Marks the Spot: Freestyle Team Preview
Ski cross is set to make its Olympic debut, while U.S. moguls and aerials
teams continue to churn out top performers. BY ERIC WILLIAMS
40 Medal Detectors: Adaptive Team Preview
Many adaptive athletes have one thing on their minds this winter: a podium
at the Paralympic Winter Games. Who might make it? BY SHAUNA FARNELL
46 Gear for Good Cheer
From hip new helmets and highly addictive lip balm to Little Hotties and
Himaya sunscreen, a guide to gift-giving (and receiving). BY ERIC WILLIAMS
Cover: Didier Cuche muscles his way to a win at the Soelden World Cup season opener in late October. (GEPA)